Monday, February 15, 2010

My Love of Poetry is Rubbing Off ...

I'm in a bit of a Monday posting slump because I teach for six-hours (two three-hour classes back-to-back) and I spend my day grading and preparing. However, I had to take a break to share this with you.

Here's what I found in one of my student's first grade lesson plans on counting. This is in the lesson introduction.
Read the poem "The Boy Who Counted Stars" by David Harrison.
And honestly, the whole lesson revolves around this poem and thinking about numbers.
It's really that easy folks.


  1. Simple is good. Sometimes that IS all it takes.

  2. I love this.

    And I love teachers who think about using poetry to teach other subject matter - it's an idea of which I'm fond, especially since school visits have shown me that some of the "problem" kids respond well to poetry - esp. the ones with ADD/ADHD. Not sure why, although I suspect it has to do with vivid imagery and the rhythm of the words.

  3. I love that you're teaching teachers to incorporate poetry in that way. It's so cool to think that when they all go out and teach, there are all these children whose lives will be influenced and impacted in a positive way.

  4. Yes! What a good influence you are! And this teacher will be:>)